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Howard's Blog

What Does W. Virginia v EPA Mean for Climate Action?

The Supreme Court's decision will likely provide another tool for polluters to delay sensible standards. States and Congress will need to step up to protect our environment and public health.

9/23/22

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: 2023 Outlook on EVs for the Midwest

Watch our ELPC Thinks webinar discussing the 2023 outlook for electric vehicles in the Midwest. 

9/29/22

Story

My EV Road Trip Around Lake Michigan

As far as the road trip experience goes – this was a success. Our next car will be an EV, and as the infrastructure expands our road trips will only improve in the future.

9/27/22

Howard's Blog

What Does W. Virginia v EPA Mean for Climate Action?

The Supreme Court's decision will likely provide another tool for polluters to delay sensible standards. States and Congress will need to step up to protect our environment and public health.

9/23/22

Howard A. Learner

Story

Improving Chicago’s Union Station is a Win for the Whole Midwest

Union Station Access Project will have region-wide benefits. It’s just one of several projects to improve passenger rail across the Midwest thanks to new federal infrastructure funds.

9/2/22

Kevin Brubaker

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Rising Waters Report

Watch the most recent ELPC Thinks on our Rising Waters report

8/17/22

Update

Revitalizing Illinois’ Power Grid: Where We Are

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued its first two orders that spell out the requirements for ComEd and Ameren’s initial integrated grid plans. As with any new process, there are lessons to be learned.

7/25/22

Eric Sippert

Story

Electric School Buses and Utilities: New Partnerships for Clean Air

Utilities are industry leaders who can help school districts electrify student transportation and improve public health

7/19/22

Eric Sippert

Howard's Blog

Watch Our 2022 Summer Update

Hear about our successes in protecting the Midwest environment so far this year.

7/15/22

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

West Virginia v. EPA Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA weakens the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases and other dangerous air pollutants. Watch our discussion and analysis of this decision.

7/1/22

Story

Grid Planning: What’s At Stake for Communities

Equity and decarbonization are inseparable twin goals. Both require planning for a more decentralized and transparent power grid.

6/23/22

Eric Sippert

Update

Get ready! Midwest rail projects are ready to roll

Federal infrastructure funding opens soon, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revamp passenger rail in the Midwest. Here's where we should start

5/31/22

Kevin Brubaker

Update

The Call of the Wild: Helping Protect Southern Illinois’ Natural Treasures

The most truly wild and spectacular public lands deserve the highest form of protection the nation can offer. That’s why ELPC and our coalition partners are pursuing federal Wilderness designations for three particularly majestic areas of the Shawnee National Forest.

5/19/22

Tyler Barron

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: The Current State of Great Lakes Water Levels

Check out our discussion with Dr. Drew Gronewold, Associate Professor for Environment and Sustainability at University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability.

5/9/22

Update

Chicagoland coalition calls to stop road boondoggles in regional planning

Wider roads only make transportation issues worse, we must invest in safety, equity, and sustainability.

5/3/22

Kevin Brubaker

Story

Can plants help fight air pollution near Chicago schools?

Schools near busy traffic corridors are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Vegetative buffers can help protect students, teachers, and staff.

4/29/22

Susan Mudd

Howard's Blog

This Earth Month, Let’s Commit to Conservation

Earth Day is a great time for celebrating the successes and progress achieved in protecting our planet. It’s a great time, too, for focusing on what we’re doing and need to do to conserve, preserve and protect our vital natural resources.

4/25/22

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: General Superintendent Arnold Randall

Watch this ELPC Thinks discussion with General Superintendent Arnold Randall of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

4/25/22

Op-Ed

This Earth Day, Make Transformative Choices for Sustainability

New federal and state funding is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform Illinois’ key infrastructure in ways that advance solutions to climate change realities.

4/22/22

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Keep the U.P. Wild

Watch our latest ELPC Thinks on Keeping the U.P. Wild

4/20/22

Testimony

We Need Cleaner Trucks to Act On Climate

Three ELPC staff members testified in support of EPA’s proposed new, stronger standards to reduce pollution from heavy-duty vehicles including trucks.

4/18/22

Tiffany Werner

ELPC Events

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth joins ELPC Thinks

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth joined our latest ELPC Thinks

4/8/22

Story

The Whys of Community Solar

Many people can put solar panels on their rooftops. But many can’t. Community solar programs are for them.

4/7/22

MeLena Hessel

Testimony

Build on REAP Success with More Funding

Today, I testified in front of the U.S. House Of Representatives, Agriculture Committee in support of the Rural Energy for America Program. The 2023 Farm Bill is an opportunity to expand and strengthen REAP. Increased funding is needed to reach more agricultural producers and rural small businesses.

4/5/22

Andy Olsen

Story

Electric Vehicles at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show: The Future is Now

We’ve reached the tipping point on electric vehicles.

3/15/22

Robert Kelter

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